President Trump announced last week, via Twitter, that transgender people would be banned from serving in the U.S. military. After President Trump’s tweeted intention to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, there has been a flurry of reactions, ranging from outrage on one side to sheer delight on the other. Among other religious leaders and their representative communities, another prominent leader that must be overjoyed at Trump’s announcement is Pope Francis and the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics that he represents. A headline from a Roman Catholic news site states “Transgender military ban applauded for respecting biology, the common good.” The common good is a Roman Catholic social teaching that asserts that individuals must give up their individual rights to support the good of society. It was urged in 1888 that a National Sunday Law was necessary for the common good, and thus it will be proposed again as the state of society worsens morally, environmentally and economically, which is not far distant.
Unbeknownst to most, Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical actually addresses the subject of transgendersim, linking it to the issue of climate change. Sunday worship will be enforced on the basis of combating immorality as well as “appeasing” God in the attempt to stop the calamities (which will be attributed to climate change).Consider the following: “Yet this very class put forth the claim that the fast-spreading corruption is largely attributable to the desecration of the so-called ‘Christian sabbath,’ and that the enforcement of Sunday observance would greatly improve the morals of society.” “It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced.”
Addressing the issue of transgenderism, or altering one’s body to reflect what a person feels he or she is and not according to their biological sex, Pope Francis says, “Human ecology also implies another profound reality: the relationship between human life and the moral law, which is inscribed in our nature and is necessary for the creation of a more dignified environment. Pope Benedict XVI spoke of an ‘ecology of man,’ based on the fact that ‘man too has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will.’ It is enough to recognize that our body itself establishes us in a direct relationship with the environment and with other living beings. The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation. Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology. Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different…It is not a healthy attitude which would seek ‘to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it.’”
Pope Francis in quoting from his predecessor is decrying the assumption of absolute authority over one’s own body when he or she manipulates it, defining it as an attempt to exercise absolute authority over creation. However, the solution proposed to restore morality and leave all elements of nature in its natural course, is mandating the moral law. The moral law according to Roman Catholicism is the Ten Commandments. It should be remembered that the Roman Catholic version of the Ten Commandments is not the Decalogue of the Bible, it is an altered version. Mr. Francis states that human beings do not have absolute authority to pollute nature or to change their biological sex, yet he heads a church that has claimed absolute authority over God’s Words to change God’s commandments, by extracting the second commandment entirely from the Decalogue, and splitting the tenth in half to preserve the number ten, and also claiming that the Sabbath day is not the seventh, but rather the first day of the week. This, the church claims, to be her mark of authority. What hypocrisy, what blasphemy! (See Daniel 7:25). The Bible aptly identifies this system of iniquity thus: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
Since Roman Catholicism has assumed the authority to change God’s Law, and also claims to have the authority to create the literal body and blood of Christ in that blasphemous rite called Mass, wherein individuals partake of what they call Eucharist and perpetuate the lie of transubstantiation, the leaders have no real concern about individuals altering their sex, and are in reality supporters of the LGBT movement, only to step in as a “moral authority,” and again exercise absolute authority over individuals’ consciences. It is only the Papal manipulation of the Hegelian dialectic at work. In other words, create the problem; create what is perceived to be an extreme reaction to the problem, then offer the solution, mandatory Sunday observance all in the name of the “common good.”
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911) page 587
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911) page 590